George Nedungatt
Born December 21, 1932
Occupation Catholic Priest, writer
Genres Theology, Canon Law
Notable work(s) A Guide to the Eastern Code: Commentary on the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches

George Nedungatt (born on 21 December 1932 in Peringuzha near Muvattupuzha in Kerala, India), is an Indian Jesuit priest of Oriental rite, and expert in Oriental Canon Law.[1]

Early life

Nedungatt is the middle child of three brothers.

Jesuit formation

Nedungatt joined the Society of Jesus in 1950. As a novice, he was assigned during his “Mission Experiment” to preach at popular retreats.

Professor and expert

Nedungatt has been teaching at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome for the past 30 years, where he took his doctorate in oriental canon law in 1973 and has served as the dean of the faculty.[2] Besides being a professor, he is the author of many books and articles. Nedungatt’s name has been in the Annuario Pontificio for many years: as Consultor of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches (1989-2000); and of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts.[3] He is the editor (since 1992) of the series Kanonika published from the Oriental Institute, Rome. He has done work as the President of the Apostolic Tribunal (1980) in the cause of St. Alphonsa, whose canonisation took place in 2008,[4] and since 1997 as postulator in the cause of Blessed Mariam Thresia. He also serves as the postulator of the cause of canonization of servant of God Devasahayam Pillai.[5]

Major works

Nedungatt has published many books and hundreds of articles in various theological journals.[6][7][8] His major works are the following:

  • The Covenanters of the Early Syriac-Speaking Church (1973);[9]
  • The Spirit of the Eastern Code, (1992)[10];
  • Laity and Church Temporalities: Appraisal of a Tradition, (2000);[10]
  • A Companion to the Eastern Code, (1994);[11]
  • The Council in Trullo Revisited, (1995);[12]
  • The Synod of Diamper Revisited, (2001);[13]
  • A Guide to the Eastern Code: Commentary on the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (Ed.), (2002).[14]

External links


  1. Books
  2. PIO
  3. CCEO Expert
  4. Open Library
  5. Devasahayam
  6. Concilium
  7. Article
  8. St. Thomas
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dharmaram
  12. libris

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